By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express
New splash pad and playground facilities are now open to the public at a west Oshawa park.
The new facilities at Glen Stewart Park, located at 201 Cabot Street (near the intersection of Stevenson Road and Gibb Street) are open. The splash pad is operational between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
The redeveloped area of the park includes a new playground that incorporates a mix of features for both younger and older children with a rubberized safety surface.
According to a city new release, the splash pad includes several spray features and shaded seating areas.
The parking area has also been renovated with four new accessible spaces, while a new driveway and pedestrian connection to the clubhouse have also been installed.
The park retains two small ball diamonds and a gravel parking lot as well.
Discussions about renovating the park began in back in 2016, and construction started last fall.
The original renovation plans called for the replacement of two softball diamonds at the park with hardball diamonds.
As previously reported by The Oshawa Express, this was abandoned in 2017 after it was discovered there was an “extensive landfill waste area” within the park.
The city was told not to disrupt or excavate the waste.
Inspections of the park in 1977, 2000, and 2009 all indicated landfill waste present in the park.
However, city staff would later discover the amount of waste was greater than expected, and renovation plans were scaled back.
The public is invited to the official ribbon cutting for the new playground and splash pad on Monday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m.